One Week Left

One week left on my campaign for you to be a backer of the craziest project I've ever attempted.

 I took this photograph in 1989. I plan to find the location and take this photograph again.

I took this photograph in 1989. I plan to find the location and take this photograph again.

CLICK HERE OR ON THE PHOTOGRAPH TO LAND ON THE CAMPAIGN

What will you see and learn about the project when you land on the campaign page?

  • A video of me informing you about the project and how it came about
  • A video where you will learn about Lydia "Sam" Rawlings and why she is so important to the project.
  • You can read the well thought-out words I wrote about the project.
  • Photographs I have taken.
  • A listing of the reward levels, starting at $1. Every reward has a tangible value.
  • When you are a backer, you will have access to the 'backers only' updates.

I am planning a lot of interaction between myself and the backers. My goal is to build a community. If you choose to back my project, I want you to experience every facet of the adventure with me. If you prefer to be more of a bystander within the project, that's okay too.

If I don't meet or exceed my goal by May 18, I will not receive anything - it's all or nothing. If you haven't experienced Kickstarter, here's a screenshot of what it looks like.

 
 

CLICK HERE OR ON THE PHOTOGRAPH TO LAND ON THE CAMPAIGN

And to get you in a Parisian state of mind...one of my favorite songs, by one of my favorite musicians who has influenced me ever since I started the Starart book, and especially on the creation of this project.

Horses (Movie)

I've been editing every waking moment for the past two days. There was a lot of photo editing and having to hear myself speak etc. I think the Kickstarter video is done...finally...hopefully the unbiased friend that's checking it out won't have too many notes (crossing fingers).

In the meantime, I don't want to look for any photographs to post so you're getting my 13-second film that needs some views on youtube. It was made with still photographs and a bunch of sound design and music, etc that I added on.

Coming Soon!

Breaking news... I'm putting up my second Kickstarter campaign very soon. This is me in a screen grab from some test shoots yesterday and today. There were two other locations tested but this one has the best feel and natural lighting for this particular campaign.

 
 

I'm really excited about this project and can't wait to share the news. Attention awesome backers of End of the Innocents: you will be receiving the link to the new campaign 24 hours before it goes out to everyone else. Start checking your email inbox early next week for your notification.

Jack of the Red Hearts Trailer

Yay! The JOTRH trailer has just made its exclusive debut on Entertainment Weekly! Check it out and see when and where you can see Jack of the Red Hearts in a theater! 

It was a year and a half ago that I shot some of the production stills for the independent feature, Jack of the Red Hearts. While the movie was getting all kinds of awards on the festival circuit, I was honored that the production chose to use a photograph I took of Taylor Richardson on the poster.

 
 

I'm very pleased that AMC is using it for the theatrical release. I might be the only person on the project that hasn't seen the film yet. There have been some screenings I was invited to but each time I was on the opposite coast. So you will see me at one of these theaters.

The movie stars AnnaSophia Robb (Carrie Diaries), Famke Janssen (X-Men), Taylor Richardson (Annie (on Broadway)), Israel Broussard (The Bling Ring) and Scott Cohen (Allegiance). If you're close to any of these locations, please support independent filmmaking and see Jack of the Red Hearts in a theater! The release date is February 26, 2016.

Atlanta – Sugarloaf 18
Boston – Boston Common 19
Chicago – River East 21
Chicago – South Barrington 30
Dallas – Stonebriar 24
Dallas – Firewheel 18
Denver – Highlands Ranch 24
Denver – Westminster Promenade
Houston – Studio 30
Kansas City – Town Center 20
Los Angeles – Burbank 8
Los Angeles – Orange 30
Miami – Sunset 24
Minneapolis – Southdale 16
New York – Palisades 21
New York – Empire 25
Orlando – Disney 24
Phoenix – Deer Valley 17
Philadelphia – Neshaminy 24
Pittsburgh – Waterfront 22
San Diego – Fashion Valley 18
San Francisco – Metreon 16
Seattle – Alderwood 16
Tampa – Veterans 24
Washington DC – Hoffman 22

AFM

Earlier this week I decided I should go to the American Film Market today in Santa Monica. I have been to the market more times than I can count and have pretty much avoided it for the past several years. Finding parking can be the worst part of it so I decided to fork over eight bucks to park in the Santa Monica Pier lot. If you read my posts you would know I love being at the beach (even though I don't go often) so when I stepped out of the car and inhaled the aroma of salt water and sand I was in heaven.

When I was looking for something to post today, I was not planning to write about going to the AFM but as I was scrolling through my files I saw a series of photographs I took in 2010 at Long Beach. I don't think I've really looked at these before. They were shot in black and white and I took enough of this particular scene to probably make a flip book. I really like the timelessness of it.

 
 

The reason this post turned into my mention of AFM was that this photograph encompasses the feeling I had arriving there and throughout the day. Unlike any other year the day was chill, fun and full of surprises... possibly because I had no plan (most people go there with a plan and lists of people they want to get meetings with) and I allowed myself to wander with no agenda and just see what would happen. My first surprise was seeing this banner...

 
 

In case you're new here, I took the photograph of Taylor Richardson that became the artwork for the movie. I immediately dashed to Suite 651 to say hello to the company that picked up the film for foreign sales.They were awesome. A sidebar on the photo I took of my photo -- I'm so happy I caught that elevator full of people in the background. It almost looks like a silver-framed movie poster with the lettering at the top hanging on that wall.

I stopped in several other suites, some where I knew the people and reconnected and some where I met new people. I talked to a few interesting random people in the lobby and, best of all, I ran into one of the actors from my short film. This may have been the first AFM I have attended where I didn't think "Ugh".

And now, I sleep.

Film Release!

Jack of the Red Hearts, a film I worked on last summer, is getting a theatrical release in AMC theaters on December 4!

I'm honored that the filmmakers chose one of my stills for the poster and I can't wait to see this movie in the theater, after having missed all the pre screening opportunities and the multiple film festivals screenings. 

 
 

And it looks like they will be keeping this poster for the theatrical release as it's showing up on the AMC website

Cannon Doc

Tonight I went to a theater to see one of the two documentaries that have been released this year about Cannon Films (not to confused with Canon, the camera company) and the crazy owners, Mehamen Golan and Yoram Globus. Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films was produced by Brett Ratner and directed by Mark Hartley. 

Are you wondering why I would blog about seeing a documentary, including photos?

I used to work there. In all kinds of capacities. Production stills, art department freelancer (advertising), acting, and lastly Art Director (advertising). It was an interesting and educational place to be because there were no walls so-to-speak so you could learn anything and everything about filmmaking (much of it was what not to do). I was privy to much of the inner circle goings-on through department head meetings and the fact Yoram Globus was the 'godfather' of my son. That honor did not stop him from burning me for 50K when I did a pile of advertising work for him right before the company went bankrupt. 

I was not at all impressed with the documentary. It was a long (listed at 106min but felt like 120), repetitive one-note presentation. And boring. It was structured chronologically by film and the people they interviewed were repeating the same comments with each movie they highlighted. There was more dissing of director Michael Winner than Yoram and Menahem. They skimmed over Cannon's SEC issues and their break-up, and barely covered the shenanigans that occurred when the Italians came to their financial rescue and somehow bought MGM, and then lost it. They only moving moment in the film was a frail Franco Zeffirelli speaking about his Cannon film, Otello, where he was given free reign and loved that movie more than any of the others he made.

 
 

Prior to the screening there were three trailers running consecutively on a loop over and over again (ugh), so I grabbed a shot of the logo that is tattooed on my brain.

I also shot the credits card for Death Wish 3...I was really surprised to see who who did the music.

 
 

Critiquing Myself

I've come up with yet another way to choose the subject matter for my daily blog. One hundred and nine days so far this year. I have not missed a day.

It can be difficult to find something new to write about. I like the challenge of it. The only posts I know I'm already doing are the birthdays and deathdays of all the musicians I shot who have passed away. That takes care of 96 days plus 2 for each musician that has passed after the book came out.

So, I've come up with yet another fun way to inspire me to post. This time I searched for all my photography files with the frame number 0419. It came up with five different photographs. When I checked them out, I didn't particularly love any of them. That's when I decided to critique my work. This should be fun.

 
 

My Critique of Photo 1:

What I like? - My favorite thing in this picture is the way the horse's back hooves are completely planted in the dirt. His stance is perfect - that's hard to do.

What I don't like? - Everything else. If I could do one thing I would have used a more open f-stop so that everything but the horse and rider would not be in focus.

 
 

My Critique of Photo 2:

This was shot at a boat party on the Hudson River. The music was crap and too loud. I did manage to get some good shots. Sadly, this wasn't one of them. I had made some crack at him and he made this pose and I grabbed the shot.

What I like? - The guy's shirt and tattoos. 

What I don't like? - My shutter speed was too slow so there is slight motion which softens the focus. I would have preferred everyone in the background to be soft focus, with my subject sharp.

 
 

My Critique of Photo 3:

What I like? - This was an awesome moose. She was a real ham. It's cool that I have two jumping animals with the same file number.

What I don't like? - While it's very cool that I caught the moose jumping a fence, There were other photos in this series that are much better. It needs to be more arty.

 
 

My Critique of Photo 4:

I took this at the Harmony Festival in Northern California. 

What I like? - I love the relationship between Charlie Musselwhite and his guitar player. It tells a story. I also like the up angle, and how they look as if they are leaning toward each other. I thank the 24mm lens.

What I don't like? - It could have been better.

 
 

My Critique of Photo 5:

This is Ryan Coogler. He was in his very early 20's when he wrote and directed Fruitvale Station. He's now 28 and is in post production on another movie he wrote and directed called Creed, starring Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa where he mentors his nemesis's (Apollo) grandson.

What I like? - Him. He was sweet and smart so I took a pic with my phone. I like the composition and the moment.

What I don't like? - I wish I had taken it with my 35mm camera. This one's a bit too grainy.